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Philips Hue’s Festavia and Nanoleaf’s Essentials Matter smart string lights are up to 25 percent off

Philips Hue’s Festavia and Nanoleaf’s Essentials Matter smart string lights are up to 25 percent off


Plus, one of our favorite smartwatches has returned to its Black Friday price.

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Phillips Hue’s Festavia String Lights strung up on a fence and on the Christmas tree.
Philips Hue’s Festavia lights can add festive cheer during the holidays or really any time of the year.
Image: Phillips Hue

Whether you want to outshine your neighbors with the best light display or simply bring some holiday cheer into your home, Philips Hue’s Festavia string lights can help you do both. And right now, Amazon Prime members can buy the 65-foot string lights, which feature 250 color-changing LEDs, on sale for $186.99 ($33 off) when they clip the on-page coupon. The 130-foot string features double the number of smart LEDs and is also on sale when you buy it with the Hue Bridge directly from Philips Hue for $314.99 ($104.99 off) — a discount you’ll see at checkout after separately adding both to your cart. You can also buy it without the Hue Bridge from Amazon for $305.99 ($54 off) when you clip the on-page coupon.

With their gorgeous colors and enchanting preset festive effects and scenes, Philips Hue’s Festavia are our favorite smart holiday string lights. It helps, too, that they’re Matter-compatible and thus can work with all major smart home platforms when you buy the $59.99 Hue Bridge. You can also use them indoors and outdoors for up to 90 days. You can even sync the lights to music with the Hue Bridge.

Alternatively, if the Philips Hue lights are too expensive, you can buy Nanoleaf’s Essentials Matter Smart Holiday String Lights for $99.99 ($20 off) from Nanoleaf. These smart string lights are also compatible with Matter, come with festive preset scenes, and sync with music. However, as Nanoleaf doesn’t have any other outdoor lighting options you can pair them with, they’re better suited for decorating the Christmas tree than a big outdoor display.


These smart lights have beautiful colors, a nice selection of festive scenes, and an easy-to-use app. They are super reliable when paired with a Hue Bridge and also work over Bluetooth. They come in two lengths, work with all the major smart home platforms, and are Matter-compatible.


These are Matter-compatible out of the box and have rich colors and a nice range of cool to warm lights. Each LED is individually addressable, allowing for some fun effects. Nanoleaf’s ecosystem is limited when it comes to outdoor lights, but there are lots of indoor options across which you can sync scenes.

Yesterday we highlighted an excellent deal on the Google Pixel Watch 2, but if a $300 smartwatch is outside your budget, there are other discounted wearables to consider. Right now, for example, you can buy the Amazfit GTR 4 for $164.99 ($35 off) from Amazfit when you apply promo code GTR4HS at checkout, which drops the smartwatch to the all-time low first set during Black Friday.

With multiband GPS and a nice OLED display, the Amazfit GTR 4 offers features we don’t typically find in wearables in this price range. It also includes more than 150 sports modes, Amazon Alexa support, and better battery life than we see in pricier flagships from Apple, Samsung, and others. Add in the fact the GTR 4 is platform-agnostic and you can see why it remains our favorite budget-friendly Android smartwatch.

Read our Amazfit GTR 4 review.
Amazfit GTR 4 on a metal tin

Amazfit GTR 4

$20018% off

The Amazfit GTR 4 is a platform-agnostic smartwatch that delivers a lot of bang for your buck. It has dual-band GPS, is Alexa-compatible, and has 14 days of battery life. You can buy it for $164.99 ($35 off) directly from Amazfit when you apply the code GTR4HS at checkout. Read our review.

More deals that are worth a look

  • You can pick up a pair of Meross Matter Smart Wi-Fi Plug Minis at Amazon for $27.99 ($7 off) when you clip the on-page coupon. The connected plugs allow you to add smarts to traditional outlets and stand out because they’re some of the few that support the new Matter protocol, making them compatible with a range of smart home platforms.
  • Sony’s SRS-XB100 speaker is still available for around $48 ($12 off) at Amazon and Best Buy. The small speaker delivers impressive sound quality for its size, along with IP67 dust and water resistance and long battery life. Read our review.
  • You can buy the 14-inch MacBook Pro with 1TB of storage, 8GB of RAM, and the base M3 chip for $1,599 at Best Buy, which is even better than the Black Friday discount we saw for this configuration. My Best Buy Plus and Total members can also get an additional $50 off. The new entry-level MacBook Pro is faster than its 13-inch, M2-powered predecessor with better battery life and — thankfully — no Touch Bar. Read our review.
  • The Ember Mug 2 is on sale at Best Buy in blue for $99.99 ($50 off). The 14-ounce smart mug is a favorite at The Verge, one that lets you control the temperature of any hot beverage via an accompanying app and a coaster that keeps it warm indefinitely.